Spring Has Spring in Saluda
Mother Nature has bestowed an early Spring to
Saluda. Wildflowers are blooming at least two weeks
early. Walking or slowly driving down Pearson Falls
Road, walking the Palmetto Trail, or driving down
(slowly) any country road that hasn't had its banks
mowed, you will see in bloom Crab Apples,
Shadblow, Dogwood, Golden Ragwort, Wood Phlox,
Virginia Bluebells, Mayapples, Pussy Toes, Blood
Root, several varieties of Trillium, several varieties of
Violets, and Red Buds.
This is according to Walter Hoover who viewed this
early blooming first hand. Walter is proprietor of
Charles Street Garden Suite and grows and sells
"This is just the start of waves and waves of
wildflowers that will continue to bloom well into April
and May," says Walter.
To see where and when wildflowers are blooming in
the mountains, click on this link Spring Flowers
Remember the golden rule about viewing
wildflowers, "Leave them as you found them so that
others can enjoy them, too."
Low Country Boil is Back for 2007
Saluda Women's Club Fund Raiser
The Saluda Women’s Club (SWC) had such a
successful fund-raiser in 2006 with its Low Country
Boil that another is scheduled for May 12. The outing,
held at Camp Wayfarer last October, was part of the
club’s Fare Extraordinaire encouraging folks to donate
by dining. The proceeds were used to fund
scholarships for Saluda college-bound students.
Also donations for the Saluda Medical Center and the
Fire Department were made possible because of the
generosity of the diners.
The affair is named for the entre’ served by club cooks-
-a combination of shrimp, sausage, potatoes and
corn, plus a side of coleslaw, and beverages.
Prepared in huge pots on the porch, the fresh air
stimulates appetites. Another feature from last year is
the Lonesome Road Band. Camp Wayfarer provides
a beautiful setting with its rustic but comfortable dining
hall, outdoor venues of rolling terrain, lake and forest,
and its genial hostess, Nancy Wilson.
A new feature this year is a drawing of prizes donated
by club members and merchants from Saluda,
including art works, gourmet wines and foods.
Guests will be encouraged to dance along with the
band just as they sang along with some of its
numbers last year. Decorations of flowers and fruit
will be new this year since the theme will be “Spring
To get your ticket to the boil, contact a Women’s Club
member. Also check for the SWC sales table on Main
Street on sunny Fridays and Saturdays in late March
and early April. Or write for further information at P.O.
Box 1, Saluda, NC 28773. Tickets will be $50 a piece
or get up a group and have a table for six for $275 or
ten for $450. SWC hopes to accommodate everyone
who wants to be part of this fun event, but reserve your
space early to be included for sure.
By Barbara Hastings, Saluda Women’s Club
Happenings and Events
Meet the artist, Ray Pague, at
Saluda Fine Arts reception opening his exhibit
Saturday, April 28, 6:00 – 7:30, 46 E. Main St., Saluda
Currently he lives in Tryon and keeps a studio in
Saluda. His art reflects his varied experiences and
experiments with art.
You are invited to this opening reception, which will
include wine, refreshments and music.
Heart wood Gallery Presents Bears and
their Habitats, photographs by Bill Lea and
paintings by Mike Bedoian April 1-May 31. You are
invited to the artists' reception Friday, April 13th 5-7pm
Jhon Akers will be performing the classical guitar at
Saluda Fine Arts.
This will kick off the Friday Night Art Party season
Friday, April 13 from 5-7.
The Saluda Grade Cafe will feature singer
and song writer, Terry McMinn April 13 beginning at
6:30pm. Terry performs folk, jazz, and blues.
The Orchard Inn invites you to their
Container Gardening Workshop April 14. Plant
yourself on the sunny deck as Master Gardener
Rebekah Cline leads a day of helpful instruction.
Please call for details.
Also remember to make your reservation NOW at The
Orchard Inn for the Saluda Art and Music Festival
(May 19), the Fourth of July, and Coon Dog Day
Parade (July 7), our December Dickens Dinners, and
our New Year's Eve Gala.
Cassandra L. Nelson-Gorski is a Yoga and Chair
Excercise instructor at the Senior Center. These
excercises are for ALL ages. Here's the schedule:
Tuesday 2:00pm, Friday 10:00am, $5.00/class
Wednesday and Thursday at 6:00pm
For beginners and intermediate. $10.00/class (uses
a sliding scale).
Each class is one hour.
Frank and Amy Beeson are organizing a
benefit concert and auction scheduled for
Friday, April 6, 2007.
The concert features "The Shane Pruitt Band" at The
Tryon Movie Theatre, Trade Street, Tryon NC at
Auction is at 7:00pm and preview at 6. Auctioneer is
Terry Cacciopo of Tryon Auction. Contact Frank
Beeson at 749-3210 to arrange for auction item
deliveries and pick up.
Proceeds will go toward the $12,000 medical bills of
Jeb Bolton. Jeb owns Jeb's Pet Grooming in Tryon
and has undergone cancer treatment and has no
health insurance. She is a regular shopper in Saluda
and financial supporter of music concerts in the area.
Tickets are now available for $20.00 each. call 828-
749-3210 for reservation and other information.
Morgan Auction & Realty provides real and
personal property sales and business liquidation.
The firm auctions antiques and collectibles two and
three times a month. Next scheduled auctions are
April 7 and 21 at 7pm. The Auction House
is located conveniently off Ozone behind the Apple
"Just Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella "is
the theme for this year's Fashion Show &
Desserts sponsored by the Saluda Presbyterian
Women as a benefit for mission projects. The show
is April 11 at 2:00pm at the Presbyterian Fellowship
Hall. Tickets are $6 at door, $5 in advance. Fashions
provided by Brenda Exline's, So Irresistible. Brenda
will also be moderating the show.
The popular Green River Boys perform at the
City Club Grill Restaurant April 6 and
20 at 6:00pm. You can contact the City Club Grill at
on Green River Boys.
The Purple Onion will feature Stacey Earle
and Mark Stuart at its monthly Sunday night concert
series on April 1. Performance starts at 7 o'clock and
tickets are $15 per person. Reservations can be
made by calling the cafe at 749-1179 or stopping by in
person. For more information visit Stacey Earle
and Mark Stuart . Be sure to check the Quick
Links for additional performance information.
The Wildflour Bakery is gearing up for the big
Artisan Bread Festival in Asheville this Saturday
(March 25) and then turning their attention to the first
Sunday Brunch of the season on April 1 (no fooling)
from 10 am - 2 pm) following up with Friday Night
Pizza (5 - 9 pm) beginning April 6. (No Brunch on
Easter Sunday, April 8).
Saluda Garden Club will kickoff this season
with the first meeting April 9 at 2:00pm. The meeting
will be held upstairs at the Saluda Library. After a
business meeting, the group will head to Spring Park
for cleanup and planting.
The community is invited to the meeting and help in
the park would be wonderful!
Meetings to Remember
Town Council meets second Monday of the month at
7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.
Saluda Business Association meets first Tuesday of
the month at 5:30 in the meeting room above the
Artist, Jim Carson has scheduled his spring
plein air workshop in Saluda from Thurs., May 31
through Sat.,June 2. Also included is a "get
acquainted" party at Jim's home on Wed.night,May
The workshop is entitled "Painting Fast And Loose"
and will feature wonderful outdoor painting
sights, concentrating on simplifying shapes and
applying paint quickly and confidently. There will be
an emphasis on color harmony,painterly marks and
composition.The cost of the workshop is $300. To
learn more click on the link provided and visit Jim's
web site or call 828 749-3702. Jim's website.
Random Arts April Workshop Schedule
Technique-a-Week starts in April 2007 - Every Friday
at 11am and 2pm Free - Hands on mini workshops -
Registration necessary Sat. 14th - PMC earrings with
Lisa Blackwell of Zoa Art $220. includes all materials
Visit Random Arts website for more workshop
The Western North Carolina Aids Project
invites your participation in "National Dining Out
for Life Day." On Thursday, April 26, 2007,
participating restaurants will contribute 20% gross
sales to the WNCAP mission in Aids prevention,
education, and support. Please consider lunch or
supper at The Purple Onion or the Saluda Grade Cafe
on April 26.
You will be greeted by an Ambassador that will seat
you and answer any questions about WNCAP and
how the funds are used. Visit WNCAP to learn more.
First Settlers of Green River Cove
Birch L. McMurray provided this old photo of Sallie
Henderson McMurray (Mrs. John McMurray). This
family lived in the Green River Cove and took produce
by mule and backpack into Saluda. They moved to the
eastern end of the county in 1911. This picture was
taken around 1910.
She was from Hendersonville and was a sister to
Leonard and Luther Henderson. The descendants of
the Hendersons are those in the apple business in
Birch L. McMurray is Sallie's grandson and is related
to many people in Tryon, Hendersonville, and Saluda.
The home place is still owned by the McMurray family.
Sallie and John's place in the Green River Cove is just
beyond the upper bridge on Green River as you go
from Saluda to Green River Cove. It is just below the
bridge across the river on the right.
By Birch L. McMurray
Your Chance to be in a Parade
Coon Dog Day Needs You!
After 44 years, Coon Dog Day is still going strong.
Coon Dog Day planners invite you to participate in the
Coon Dog Day parade. There's no application and the
only requirements are creativity, imagination, and a
good sense of humor!
Coon Dog Day is July 7, 2007 (always the first
Saturday after the 4th).
Doris Marion would be glad to answer any questions
you may have about entering the parade. Just give her
a call at 828-749-2581.
Saluda Art and Music Festival - May 19, 2007
Still Taking Applications for Artists and Craftspeople
With 45 exhibitors already signed up, we are
extending the deadline for applications until May 1.
There's still time to sign up and enjoy the opportunity
to show your talented creations and sell to the
thousands of people who will attend the festival.
The festival is scheduled for May 19, 2007 on historic
downtown Main Street in Saluda from 10:00am to
Art work will be judged and monetary awards will be
given in several categories.
To enter the festival or for more information, please
contact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876, Beverly
Pickard at 828-749-3920 , Shelly Dekay 828-749-
9365, or email to email@example.com. You may also
click here to download an application.
The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
The Saluda Business Association sponsored the
directional signs in town. They are located at the
Nostalgia Court, front of Carolilne's, and in front of the
The map was designed from the new Saluda
brochure that was produced the SBA last year. This
map will navigate visitors to shops, restaurants, and
other buildings in town.
Be sure to check out the premier issue of WNC
Mountain Living in Western NC magazine. A
feature story, "White Death in Happy Valley"
tells about Saluda's role as a refuge for tuberculosis
sufferers who chose to avoid the large sanitariums.
After thirty years in Saluda, First Citizens Bank
will close its Saluda Branch June 29, 2007.
Camp Waggin Tails opened their dog camp
in July of 2006 and has seen a steady increase in
business and visitors. Striving to make every dog as
happy as possible during their stay. Camp Waggin
Tails asks you to bring the food they'll furnish the love
and treats. Services include dog boarding , doggy
daycare, and pet exercising. When you are at work or
out of town they will come by and take your pet for a
walk. You can reach Pam Phillips, proprietor at 828-
749-3835 or 828-749-3209.
Tosh's WhistleStop Cafe has new hours.
9am to 5pm and closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
They have expanded their coffee and brunch menus
and offering Leopard Forest Coffee, fresh roasted by
the cup or by the pound.
Enjoy a cup of coffee while surfing the internet on their
new Wireless Internet.
Saluda Mountain Jamboree will be the host
site for a sales promotion event by LGI Land, LTD out
of Houston, Texas. LGI will be selling lots in an
acreage homesite community that is being developed
on Chocolate Drop Mountain just outside of
The company will be bringing in a sales staff of 60 to
70 people on a Friday evening in April. The Jamboree
is having a meal of roast beef and smoked turkey
catered for this training and orientation staff
meeting. The following Saturday morning, the
company will have 200 to 250 potential buyers from all
over the United States at The Saluda Mountain
Jamboree for a sales promotional event. The day
starts with a formal, country style breakfast, and then
everyone will be transported to Chocolate Drop
Mountain to view the property. When the guests and
sales staff return to The Jamboree, a hearty Texas
style lunch of rib eye steaks and chicken will be
served hot off the grill. "On The Spot Cooking" from
Asheville will cater all the meals for this corporate
event. By late afternoon, the guests will be returned to
the airport or their hotel and The Saluda Mountain
Jamboree will be ready for the Saturday night dance-
"Saluda Style"-at 8:00pm ! (Whew!)
Be sure to check out the link to the Tryon Daily
Bulletin Quick Link to keep up with local news in
Comfort Foods Are Back!
by author, Joe Adams
That was the title of a cover story recently on a popular
magazine. I eagerly bought a copy fully expecting to
find dozens of recipes for fatback sandwiches made
on biscuits. Fried SPAM, Fried chicken. Fried pork
chops. Country fried steak. Fried liver. Fried catfish.
Fried apple pies.
Almost anything that's comforting to me is fried. And
not in vegetable oil either. In pig fat or lard.
Don't get me wrong about comfort food. It doesn't
have to be fried to be comforting. But if it's not fried, it
needs to be cooked until it is mushy. Pinto beans
cooked until you can't tell they were ever bean
shaped. Butter beans, too. (They're the fat yellow
ones that are shaped like lima beans but taste
better.) And I want green beans that are snapped
short into bite size pieces and cooked until they are
limp. I am so tired of trying to put long, half-cooked
beans in my mouth. It's like trying to eat green pencils.
Chicken and dumplings would qualify as comforting--
so would a bowl of grits if they hadn't been made into
a cheese/grits souffle.
Personally I think sardines are comfort food. Roll
back the lid; eat them right out of the can. I like to see
the way they're packed head-to-toe, toe-to-head.
Except canned sardines don't really have heads
anymore and they never had toes.
Salt would be on my list of comfort foods. I'm tired of
those strange Mexican and California herbs. Salt! Put
some salt on the food. It brings out the flavor and it
comforts me. At least it comforts me before my stroke.
They say when you get older your taste buds start to
die off. They die a few at a time until your tongue's
dead of taste buds. Frankly I think uncomforting food
is what kills them off. I want them to put on my
tombstone: "His Tongue Was the Last Thing To Go."
Property of the Month
During the early colonial period in North and South
Carolina, the colonists and the Cherokee Indians
developed an impressive trade and in 1730, actually
signed a “perpetual treaty of peace.” This peace
treaty, however, was broken with the outbreak of the
French and Indian War after which, settlers began to
move deeper into Indian Territory. This led to the royal
governor of North Carolina negotiating a new
boundary between the Cherokees and the settlers.
One boundary point was the highest peak on present-
day White Oak Mountain and is known to us as Tryon
Settlers continued to ignore the boundaries and
violence ensued between the two groups leading the
Cherokees to side with the British during The
American Revolution. The Cherokees planned to
attack the Block House in Tryon, but Skyuka alerted
Captain Thomas Howard of the plans. Skyuka led
Captain Howard and his troops on a surprise raid to
defeat the Cherokee forces. The trail he used has
become known as Howard Gap Road.
Our listing on Skyuka Mountain Road honors the
memory of this Cherokee man and offers 6.38 acres
with a breathtaking view. Watch the sun rise in the
morning and the city lights at night. With some
trimming, this lot offers a panoramic view of
Columbus, Tryon, and beyond.
The thermal-belt climate found in Polk County has
long been drawing transplants to the area. It was this
climate that first won the attention of Frank Stearns
and led him to leave Ohio in 1888. He became so
enamored with the locale that by 1912, he had
purchased three thousand acres to include much of
Columbus, Tryon Peak and much of White Oak
Mountain. He began developing Spring Mountain Park
or the “Switzerland of America” as he called it. To
reach the 3,102 foot summit of the mountain, he built
what he called a “serpentine drive.”
Today you can follow this “serpentine drive” passing
the beautiful Shunkawauken Falls to reach our three
scenic listings on White Oak Mountain. Lot # 35 is 1.2
acres of wooded privacy with a four bedroom septic
permit and the drive already in place. Continue up to
the top of the mountain to our listing at 60 Narrows
Court and find a log cabin with a spectacular view.
Come back down the mountainside and Lot # 33 is a
beautiful wooded lot with a very gentle slope; a Blue
Ridge Log Cabin home may soon be constructed on
this Lot #11 is a wooded acre with a three bedroom
septic permit and backs up to a common green
space. It could be combined with Lots #12 and/or #10
for added privacy and seclusion.
Call Cathy Jackson Realty to own a piece of local
Higher Path Farm and Gardening School
Cindy Pinkney Canavan is moving to Saluda and
starting a farm and gardening school. You may have
seen her featured on WLOS Channel 13 a few weeks
With a degree in ethnobotany and over 30 years of
professional gardening experience she will be
growing and selling organic heirloom vegetables, cut
flowers, herbs and perennials. She also offers
organic gardening services: design, installation,
maintenance and restoration.
Here's her school calendar:
Perennial Gardening 101 - March 31, April 7 &
14th, 2007, Saturdays 9 a.m. to Noon
March 31st Celebrate Perennials!
Design a perennial garden using organic methods
and low-maintenance plants. Discover professional
tools and tricks of the trade. Determine your garden
site and improve your soil.
April 7th Get Down and Dirty!
What kind of garden do you want and what goes in it?
Practice hands-on methods establishing a garden
bed, using proper tools and choosing right plants for
right places. Learn proper plant division and
fertilization. Dress to dig in the dirt! Don’t forget your
April 14th A Sight to Behold!
Put the finishing touches on the garden! Explore and
share local resources, great gardening books,
magazines and online websites. Bring your ideas,
questions, favorite tools, books and seed
catalogues to share! Leave with the skills to plan and
plant your own beautiful garden!
Home Gardening Services & Consultations Available
Fee: $ 35 per class, $90 for series
To register and for directions call Cindy at (828) 891-
Hurry Class Size Is Limited So Register Early!
Saluda Senior Center
The Senior Center serves warm nutritious lunches
Monday through Friday from 11:30-12:30 at a cost
of $3.00 a person.
The Senior Center welcomes all Saluda citizens to
join in the activities and programs offered. You don't
have be a "senior" to participate!
Monday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
9:30 Line Dancing
10:00 NIA Class
(not April 2)
Tuesday Activities Schedule
2:00 Chair Exercise
Wednesday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 NIA Class
(not April 4)
Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group
10:00 NIA Class
(not April 5)
1:00 Sudoku (April 26 only)
2:30 Board Meeting (April 12)
Friday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
Birthday Celebration April 13
Closed Good Friday - April 6
For more information about activities at Saluda
Senior Center call Donna at 828-749-9245.
The Saluda Senior Center provides many services
to the growing retirement community in Saluda.
Volunteers to provide these services are needed.
They encourage you to share your time to help
deliver meals on wheels or work in A Thrifty Barn
retail shop. Please contact Donna at 828-749-
Basement Sale at A Thrifty Barn first and third
Saturdays of the month.....great bargains!
Winter Clearance Sale is going on now!
Saluda School April Calendar
Upcoming Events At Saluda School
April 3 - Hot Dog Supper 4:30-6:00pm in the
cafeteria Student Variety Show to begin at 6:30pm in
the auditorium. Please join us for food and
April 4 - Spring & class pictures
April 6 - Regular school day for students
April 9-13- Spring Break
April 16-20 - National Volunteer Week
April 23 - May 4 - Artist-in-Residency: David Korup
April 23 - Board of Education Meeting 6:30pm at
April 26 - AFS exchange students from PCHS
April 28 - PTSO Yard Sale 7:30am-12:30pm
Contact Margaret Boone at 749-5221 to rent a space
for the yard sale. PTSO will sell food and drinks.
May 3 - Builders’ Club Summer Camp Registration at
PCHS 7:00 pm
May 4 - PTSO Spring Festival . Come for dinner, which
will be served from 4:30-5:30 pm in the cafeteria---
Stay to play BINGO in the cafeteria from 6-9 pm.
PreK-5 Saluda School students will enjoy dancing & a
movie from 6-9 pm.
May 11 - Regular school day for students
Saluda Church Services
Easter Sunrise Service will be held on top of
Orchard Hill at sunrise Easter Sunday. All
denominations are welcome. Breakfast will
be served at the Saluda Presbyterian Church
Fellowship Hall immediately after the service.
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
The Reverend Paula C. Morton
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Sunday School
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music
The Reverend Gene Witherspoon
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
The Reverend Ray Talley, Interim
SS 9:45 am
Worship Service 11 am & 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Tony Sayer
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda City Notes
From Mayor Rodney Gibson
No reports from City Hall this month.